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SOC 315: Sociology of Diversity

Course Description

This course is an examination of social diversity within the American society. The course will describe essential issues and the social significance of cultural minorities with special emphasis on the African-American experiences, as well as Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians and Euro-American ethnic groups. The student will explore the interrelationships with values, socioeconomic status, social mobility, racism, assimilation and segregation. This course is also designed to sensitize the student to the roles that race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation play in societal definitions of social diversity.

Students who have completed SOC 211: Sociology of Diversity will not receive credit for SOC 315.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • SOC 101: Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and apply the defining characteristics of social diversity according to Sociological principles.
  2. Comprehend, apply and analyze the underlying theoretical perspectives of concepts pertaining to social diversity.
  3. Exhibit knowledge and comprehension of the concerns and issues surrounding race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, age and social diversity.
  4. Synthesize and evaluate the value, scope and historical context of social diversity as it pertains to race, ethnicity, social class and gender.
  5. Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the importance of theories that reinforce definitions and concepts of social diversity.
  6. Comprehend, apply and evaluate the wide-ranging effects of social diversity and contemporary social issues.
  7. Apply, synthesize and evaluate perspectives and research to currents issues and concerns of social diversity.
  8. Identify, analyze and synthesize the major issues of social diversity within our contemporary society.
  9. Develop, apply, analyze and evaluate problem-solving strategies as they pertain to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and social class.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions Questions

25%

Weekly Quizzes (listed as "Quickie Quiz" at the end of the lesson)

25%

Midterm Essay Exam (Week 4)

25%

Final Essay Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Anderson, Margaret and Patricia Hill Collins. Race, Class and Gender. 9th ed. Wadsworth, Inc., 2016. ISBN-13: 9781305093614

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1, 2, 3

Topics: Principles and Concepts of Social Diversity

  • Readings:
    • Pages 1-15
    • Articles 1, 4, 5
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

2

1, 3, 4, 5

Topics: Assimilation and Pluralism

  • Readings:
    • Pages 61-84
    • Articles 2, 8, 19
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

3

2, 5

Topics: Prejudice and Discrimination: Individuals and Society

  • Readings:
    • Articles 12, 13, 15, 16
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

4

4, 6

Topic: Evolution of Dominant-Minority Relations in theU.S.

  • Readings:
    • Pages 265-276
    • Articles 33, 34, 37, 38
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz
  • Submit the Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
SLOs 1-6

5

3, 4

Topics: African Americans and Native Americans

  • Readings:
    • Articles 21, 22, 23, 24, 49
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

6

3, 4

Topics: Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans

  • Readings:
    • Articles 11, 19, 26, 50
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

7

3, 4, 7, 8

Topics: Euro-American Ethnic Groups, Immigration, Assimilation, and Social Diversity

  • Readings:
    • Articles 9, 25, 47, 49
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz

8

4, 6, 9

Topic: Gender, Sexual Orientation and Social Diversity, Themes, Patterns, and Trends for the Future

  • Readings:
    • Articles 28, 30, 54, 59, 60
  • Review lecture materials
  • Read articles
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit weekly quiz
  • Submit the Final Exam

Final Exam
SLOs 1-9

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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